We give you a few tips to help you create secure, strong passwords for all your online accounts.
In the digital age, creating new passwords has become an increasingly common task. Every time we sign up for a new social media site or online service, we are asked to create a user and a password.
But how much time do you usually spend creating these passwords? Probably not a lot.
We should definitely worry about protecting our online accounts, and a good password is a good place to start.
Below we give you a few tips to help you create better, stronger passwords for all your online accounts.
Let’s take a look!
1. Make your password longer
Let’s start with the basics and when it comes to passwords, more characters is always better.
Your passwords should have at least 12 characters, and it also a good idea to include a capital letter, a special character and numbers.
2. Avoid common words and phrases
This is indeed a very common mistake! You must avoid the obvious and common references, such as lines from movies, songs or books, as well as meaningful, personal information, such as family names and birthdays.
3. Use a password generator (and manager)
If you’re just out of ideas for your password, we recommend you try a password generator.
These useful tools will help you create strong passwords with all the requirements you need in just a few seconds. Here are some generators you can try: SafePasswd, Password Ninja or Password Bird.
Once you have your strong passwords, you will also need a safe place to store them all. You can try a password manager, such as LastPass, 1Password or DashLane.
It will make your life a lot easier!
4. Change it up!
Even once you have created a secure password, you can’t keep using it forever.
You should try to change your passwords every three months, or at least twice a year.
5. Go for the two-factor authentication
While this step can be a bit of a hassle, it will offer you an extra layer of protection so you should definitely consider it.
It’s important to remember that this method is not foolproof but it will make your passwords a lot safer.
6. Don’t use the same password for everything
Finally, this may seem like an obvious suggestion, but since a lot of people do it, I feel like it is worth mentioning.
Do NOT use the same password for all of your accounts; you can use similar passwords, but don’t use the exact same one.
We hope you take into consideration these tips the next time you have to create a password. Do you have any other tips? Make sure to share them in the comment section!